Watching UK TV abroad

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  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 13:24:12 13,278 posts
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    HI, I have a question I thought the bright people on this forum might be able to help me with.

    As some of you may know, I have moved to Australia, and while the wine and weather is great, the TV is shit. I mean really, really shit.

    A few of us over here would love to have access to UK TV, I would gladly pay but there doesn't appear to be a legitimate way of getting access.

    With this in mind my Dad and Brother recently spotted something called the Hauppage Broadway (review here), the idea being that I could piggy-back their TV and watch it here. It looks to me though that I have to register the device I want to watch it on on their home network, so it isn't really a solution.

    Anyone got any other ideas, or think I'm wrong in my assessment?

    I had a look at the Slingbox SOLO, but I presume that would have the same issues with needing to prove your IP address on the mobile device.

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  • caligari 14 Jul 2012 13:31:52 17,018 posts
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    How about VHS recordings (via Airmail) of Loose Women?

    I want them back, though. I want them ALL back.

    Edited by caligari at 13:32:18 14-07-2012
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 13:34:32 13,278 posts
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    Is it the ITV show or just stalker footage of females who live near your house?

    Irregardless the answer is yes to both .

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  • Deleted user 14 July 2012 14:02:33
    Use a DNS service and sites like iPlayer and TVCatchup, job done.
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:21:54 13,278 posts
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    Thanks crispy, without sounding too stupid! (too late), how do I go about that? I've just tried a proxy server but it seems very slow.

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  • mrpon 14 Jul 2012 14:23:23 28,715 posts
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    I have a VPN setup on the server at work that allows all the employees to access the work network from home. The other upside to this is, when abroad I simply flick on the VPN (ie: on the iPad) and it treats the IP as UK based thus allowing me to watch iPlayer, SkySports etc..

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:34:33 13,278 posts
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    Cheers MrPorn (that is your real name in my head), looking at Witopia at the moment, perhaps that's the best option.

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  • mrpon 14 Jul 2012 14:37:32 28,715 posts
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    No problem peedo.

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:38:27 13,278 posts
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    Touché.

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  • Deleted user 14 July 2012 14:41:05
    VPNUK is very good. Costs £6 a month but well worth it. It's solid as a rock. I can watch sky player both via my xbox and also on the laptop at the same time without any problems. HD streams on iPlayer are fine too.

    Do you have any mates in the UK who have sky? Ask them for access to their sky player account. I use my brother's and log on via my xbox. With my VPN enabled, internet connection sharing enabled, and the xbox connected to my laptop with a crossover cable, it still thinks it's in the UK. Works like a dream. Watching Tour de France on Eurosport with it now as we speak.

    Edited by Greggywocky... at 14:49:05 14-07-2012
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:42:39 13,278 posts
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    Excellent advice, thanks Greggy, I will definitely look into it.

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  • Deleted user 14 July 2012 14:43:40
    There's a certain way to set up your xbox, so if you go down that route give me a shout..
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:44:05 13,278 posts
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    Got a link to UKVPN? google seems to struggle. You could PM me the Xbox stuff if that's Ok..

    Edited by speedofthepuma at 14:44:52 14-07-2012

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  • mrpon 14 Jul 2012 14:45:37 28,715 posts
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    http://vpnuk.net/

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • THFourteen 14 Jul 2012 14:47:50 33,108 posts
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    i do the opposite and watch US Netflix in the UK using unblock-us. Well worth £3 a month or whatever.

    setting up your xbox / ps3 / idevice is very easy.

    I leave my PC set up with normal DNS settings though.
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:51:09 13,278 posts
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    I'm thinking I'll set up the Mac and then AirPlay it to the apple TV. Any disadvantage to doing it that way?

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  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 14:51:54 13,278 posts
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    Thank mrpon BTW.

    Edited by speedofthepuma at 14:52:24 14-07-2012

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  • morriss 14 Jul 2012 15:05:11 70,920 posts
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    Expat shield. Works 100% and you can watch iPlayer ITV etc.

    Problem solved.
  • Deleted user 14 July 2012 15:22:07
    speedofthepuma wrote:
    Got a link to UKVPN? google seems to struggle. You could PM me the Xbox stuff if that's Ok..
    If you get it, ask them for the GUI connection. All you then need to do is rightclick on it and choose connect. They'll even connect to your PC and set it up for you if you click Live Help over on the right hand side of the site.

    As for setting up the xbox connection, I'll post it here in case it's useful for anyone else. The way I have to connect each time isn't perfect and takes around a minute, but once you're on, well, you're on... :)

    This works for me every time, though whether it will work for you..? Can't see why not. I'm in Brussels and have a standard 'Belgacom' wireless router. I have high internet speed though - presume you do too.

    1. Connect your cross-over cable from PC to xbox.
    2. Start the VPN then switch on xbox. (Leave all xbox network settings as automatic).
    3. Open Network and Sharing Centre - Change Adapter Settings. On the VPNUK adapter icon, right click and enable Internet Connection Sharing to the Local Area Connection. (or whatever the equivalent of doing this on a Mac is). Note: at this point, each time before I connect, I have to come here and switch sharing off and then back on again, for some reason.
    4. Try and sign in to xbox Live. It will fail and ask you to test the connection. So, choose Test Connection. Choose Test PC Connection (3rd one down). It should then find your PC, so select that.
    5. Then go back to the Home screen and log on to Live. You should be in business.

    Steps 2-5 I have to do each time I connect (or each time I reboot my PC, anyway). After connection, I've looked at the IP/DNS settings on the xbox, tried to enter them manually etc so I don't have to do this each time, but nothing seems to work. I always have to switch ICS off and then on again, and also then it always seems to fail until you test the PC connection and reestablish it. This is the only way I've found of doing it that works without fail for me every time. But the process takes around a minute, so it's no big deal.

    ps. even if your friend uses sky player, it's fine, as you're allowed two connections with it. My brother uses one for his iPad and I use the other for my xbox over here. All I need is his user name and password, which it then remembers anyway once you've logged in. You can also sub to Sky directly from the xbox now, but it's around £50 a month for the full package. So find a mate who already has it instead!

    Edited by Greggywocky... at 15:38:30 14-07-2012
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jul 2012 15:35:43 13,278 posts
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    Thanks everyone, I'm going to have a bash at some of those options tomorrow.

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  • SuperBas 15 Jul 2012 10:53:33 1,452 posts
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    I used http://switchvpn.com/ for making Steam think I was in the US, unlocking Deus Ex HR a day early. It works very well, I recommend it.

    Edited by SuperBas at 10:53:48 15-07-2012
  • Fab4 15 Jul 2012 11:50:31 5,986 posts
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    I can also recommend VPNUK. Been using them for about 2 years now...never had a problem.
  • dufftownallan 21 Jul 2012 19:42:19 4,724 posts
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    where in oz did you move to puma? (i'm in melbourne)
  • Khanivor 28 Jul 2012 21:55:15 40,507 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Expat shield. Works 100% and you can watch iPlayer ITV etc.

    Problem solved.
    Excellent tip there morriss. Many thanks for sharing that.
  • elhozzo 16 Oct 2012 10:13:32 307 posts
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    I have started to play around with this idea, living in Italy for 14 years, but keen to access the tv via internet ...

    I have so far :
    1. Got a UK/US Proxy access via my pc, for iPlayer, Sky Go etc
    2. Got it working for some things (BBC, Dave, Amazon US instant videos) via Android phone/tablet
    3. got really limited via my PS3 - for ITV it works, Crackle.com a bit, Channel 4 seems to be sound only, BBC doesn't work, nor Sky Go nor amazon US instant vids

    Ideally, I want it easily working on the main tv ... basically the order above is how 'easy/quick' it is to get it up and running (3 being the nice relaxing big screen option).. I can't be arsed to boot up my pc (takes 10 mins) to browse and find something to watch. So, I used the pc (and now the android stuff) for Thick of It, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Have I got news for you .. but if 2 and 3 worked on more sites, I would use them more...

    any tricks or tips to get the PS3 working more ? or better to connect the android/pc to the big tv ? ( I use the pc for work, so don't really want it to be integrated into home entertainment...)
  • TheSaint 16 Oct 2012 11:07:33 14,272 posts
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    Isn't it easier just to sign up to easynews or something similar and download all the shows you want to watch?
  • Chopsen 16 Oct 2012 11:58:49 15,834 posts
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    Using proxies don't work for all services, as you've found. Especially for some PS3 applications, which just seem to just ignore proxy settings!

    You can't get PS3 to operate via a VPN (unless you have a router that can operate a VPN connection, but they tend to be expensive). Some VPN providers offer DNS servers, which you can set up for PS3 which can trick the providers of some services that you're from another country (see overplay.net).

    Android you can get to connect via VPN, though not all VPNs are equally supported and it depends what the VPN provider gives.
  • Jetset_UK 13 Mar 2013 18:07:34 3,563 posts
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    Wonder if anyone can help. My girlfriend was on a couple of shows recently, and her folks live in the states. I had the idea that I would be able to pick up the torrents of it from somewhere, pop them on a USB stick and ship it over. But I'm guessing that this is only popular for the main shows as I can't find it anywhere.

    Her programs are still on the Channel 5 on demand website, so is there any easy way to record them off this? Setting up a VPN would be far to complicated for them I think.

    Cheers!

    Edited by Jetset_UK at 18:08:20 13-03-2013
  • mrpon 13 Mar 2013 18:27:59 28,715 posts
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    What programme?

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • Jetset_UK 13 Mar 2013 18:42:24 3,563 posts
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    It was called "Beat the Ancestors".
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